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Gewritu secgað: "the sensible inscription" in Old English Riddle poetry

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Title: Gewritu secgað: "the sensible inscription" in Old English Riddle poetry
Author: Pladek, Brittany
Advisor: Bahr, Arthur
Department: Haverford College. Dept. of English
Type: Thesis (B.A.)
Running Time: 130286 bytes
Issue Date: 2007
Abstract: In this essay, I will examine the relationship between textuality and meaning in a number of Exeter Book riddles, using Derrida's critique of phonocentricism as my lens. These brief but intricate lyrics---because riddlic, strongly and sometimes self-consciously logocentric---betray a distrust of oral communication and concurrent privileging of the written word in guiding their audience towards the solution. The bulk of my essay examines the various methods, often involving runes, employed by the Exeter poets in building this hierarchy; the last third proposes that its origin lies in the logocentric, literary Christian tradition.
Subject: Exeter book. English. Selections
Subject: Riddles, English (Old)
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